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Sean Lee Plans to Play in 2019, but For Who?

The have several difficult decisions to make in the and one of those is what to do with their All-Pro and often injured .

Lee, long considered one of the best linebackers in the has regularly struggled to staunch healthy, including a 2018 campaign that saw jimmy take a back seat to emerging players like and rookie sensation .

According to, Lee is slated to have a cap hit of just over $10 million dollars this season. The Cowboys if they were to him could save a little more than $7 million in this year's cap while accumulating just over $3 million in dead money toward this year's cap.

Lee was limited to just seven games in 2018 and was held out down the stretch. This after only playing in 11 games in 2017.

During that 2017, the Dallas Cowboys were terrible on when Sean Lee sat out due to , but were able to flip the script in 2018.

The Cowboys first signed to provide depth at the linebacker position. Then they drafted Leighton Vander Esch with the 19th overall pick in the . Both of those players played significant roles throughout the season and have relegated Lee, who will be 33 years old in July, to being a cap casualty.

The Cowboys will head into the offseason knowing that Jaylon Smith is their middle linebacker and Vander Esch is their weak side linebacker for the . Joe Thomas will be back and continues to provide depth backing up at a couple of spots. is a , but could be back depending on the money as he provides valuable, though limited snaps at strong side linebacker.

Sean Lee has been a great player for the Cowboys when he's been available. 2018 was really the only time in his career that his looked to catch up with him. Even when deemed healthy, he didn't look like the same player he had been earlier in his career.

As he should, he'll explore his options in and could be an option for a contender that could use a veteran presence like Lee at a relatively cheap rate. Someone like the , , or the could give Lee a limited role, which would allow him to be effective at his advanced playing age.

It seems almost a foregone conclusion that off Lee plays in 2019, it won't be for the Dallas Cowboys. It's a tough business. As we've seen with , , , and , the end of a tenure with a franchise comes to every one of our favorite players and sadly, it seems that time has come for Sean Lee.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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